Monday Poem by Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Firelight Of Grief

Monday Poem by Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Firelight Of Grief

Monday Poem by Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Firelight Of Grief

Monday Poem by Melissa Fry Beasley. Today Firelight Of Grief

“Pietà” by El Greco, 1571-1576. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Firelight Of Grief

To Adrian C. Louis

Adrian tells me its not necessary for Eagles to be Crows.
I know this means that where he is one,
He thinks me quite the other. (in his castigation)
But we both delight in the simultaneity of deprivation.
Embarrassed knowledge taken like a fortress.
I caution him that here is where he will encounter thunder bolts.
Causing rainstorms to scatter the dust of our dead
As we gather shadows at dusk, singing our song of mourning.
Yes you should have fucked that pale Cherokee.
You watched her long enough to memorize her taste
And all the chords of longing.
She was burned into your mouth and mind as you
Dreamed she swallowed your poison like whiskey.
Chance is so indiscriminate.
This is no declaration of love
But of things whispered, imagined,
Invented, and sung,
Found in the firelight of grief.

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Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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